It’s 2018! The Champagne has been popping since 1 January and new beginnings are upon us. Perhaps that new beginning is an engagement? When the hype of sharing your happy news with friends and family wears off, the time to make the big decisions creeps up. The team at Canada Bay Club knows exactly how special (and sometimes stressful) this time can be, so we’ve put together a checklist to make the process as simple as possible.

The perfect date

Choosing a date for your wedding can be tough when you have to consider circumstances outside your control, such as the availability of family and friends travelling from overseas or work commitments, but what’s worth remembering, right from the beginning, is that this is your day. If you’ve been dreaming of a winter wedding since the age of 16, make it happen!

Other factors to consider when choosing your wedding date include planning your honeymoon – will you be travelling immediately after the celebrations? The timing of seasonality is important for travel to certain destinations. Do you have your heart set on a certain flower to feature in your bouquet that only blooms in spring? What about sporting commitments through summer, like cricket, or winter, such as soccer? Once you’ve weighed up all the above, get out your calendar and start thinking about where you want to say “I do”.

The perfect venue

Your ideal wedding venue may include one location for the ceremony and a separate venue for the reception, or perhaps you’d like to make it happen all under one roof? When doing your research, remember to ask about hire fees and location restrictions, like maximum guest numbers. Are there toilet facilities and can you provide seating for elderly guests? If your ceremony is outdoors, lock in wet weather arrangements just in case Mother Nature has other plans for your otherwise dry day.

When it comes to guest numbers, the Canada Bay Club has a function room to suit your every need. If small and intimate is your wish, the elegant William Room seats up to 80 guests, while still catering to your entertainment needs comfortably. The Canada Bay Club Room accommodates up to 120 seated guests and comes with a stage if you’re feeling extra creative when it comes to the speeches. Does your invitation list spill into the hundreds? You can’t go past the Auditorium. With a generous-sized dance floor and cutting-edge AV facilities, you’ll be dancing the night away with each and every one of your guests in this exceptional space.

You can learn more about the specific offerings at Canada Bay Club here.

Save the date

Maybe you don’t have all the details signed, sealed and delivered, but what’s certain is the date and your guest list. Lock in your nearest and dearest by sending a Save the Date – email is just as socially accepted as old-school snail mail these days. And there are so many services that offer creative solutions, from Paperless Post and evite to Canva and Greenvelope, Head to Pinterest for design inspiration.

Plan the food

As the big day approaches, you’ll still have a few things to lock in to ensure you have the perfect day planned. Sure, you’ve got the date, guest list and venue covered, but there’s also the food, entertainment, flowers, seating and the all-important cake to be decided.

While that might seem a little overwhelming, the team at Canada Bay Club can help you with all of it. Starting with serving the perfect food to suit your day. The club’s chefs have created several catering options to suit all guest numbers, appetites and budgets. Packages start from $49 per person, with multiple extras to choose from, so you can customise the perfect day, right down to the cake.

Book the extras

From advice on flowers, table arrangements and booking the best DJ or recommending a live band if that’s more your jam, to organising the seating and even setting up a photo booth to capture the very best moments of the day, our functions team can help every step of the way.

Don’t forget to find a celebrant that suits you and your partner, choose the rings and outfits (and build in time if you’d like to have them custom-made), and give your wedding party plenty of time to organise hens and bucks nights and their speeches.

At Canada Bay Club, our aim is to ensure every single detail is covered, so you have the wedding day you’ve always imagined. Contact our specialist functions team to plan your “I dos” today.